Getting ready for exams

As you all very well know, IGCSE’s are round the corner. It’s a moment of great anxiety, so we need to make the most of the time we have at hand.

Here are some tips that you might find useful:

  • get hold of all the written work done so far and go over it:

      What feedback did you get? 

                                      Are there recurrent mistakes?

                                                                     Have you respected layout and organisation?

                             Have you used punctuation marks appropriately?

Have you employed a wide range of linking devices?

                                                                 How could you improve on your pieces?

  • revise all the linguistic content covered along the year and choose between 10 and 15 expressions which you consider will enhance your output. Check their collocations, study them hard and make sure you include them in your compositions;
  • make lists of features that are typical of each gEnRe. What makes an article / narrative / discursive composition / etc. a good one? You can visit the BBC gcse website to help you with some ideas;
  • keep practising!

Regarding the last point, here go some files. Remember it is NOT compulsory to work on them. Nonetheless, it won’t hurt you to try one last time before the exam takes place.

I attach the marking scheme corresponding to each paper as well. The idea is that you check your responses against the assessment criteria. You can do this On yOUr OwN, with a classMATE and/or with ME. I strongly suggest you try all the options – and in that order. The more feedback you get, the more critical you’ll become of your own work and the better you’ll do.

PAPER 1

1 PRACTICE SELF ASSSSMENT 0500_s12_in_11 TEXT

1 PRACTICE SELF ASSSSMENT 0500_s12_ms_11 MARKING SCHEME

1 PRACTICE SELF ASSSSMENT 0500_s12_qp_11 QUESTIONS

PAPER 2

2 PRACTICE SELF ASSSSMENT 0500_s12_ms_22 MARKING SCHEME

2 PRACTICE SELF ASSSSMENT 0500_s12_qp_22 QUESTION PAPER

PAPER 3

3 PRACTICE SELF ASSSSMENT 0500_w12_ms_32 MARKING SCHEME

3 PRACTICE SELF ASSSSMENT 0500_w12_qp_32 QUESTION PAPER

REMEMBER: Those of you sitting for CORE will be completing PAPER 1 AND PAPER 3 while those of you sitting for EXTENDED will be completing PAPER 2 AND PAPER 3.

Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any doubts.

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